Henry Hawtrey

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Henry Hawtrey
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Great Britain
Intercalated Games
Gold medal – first place 1906 Athens 5 miles

Henry Courtenay Hawtrey CMG DSO (29 June 1882 – 16 November 1961) was a British track and field athlete, winner of 5 miles (8.0 km) run at the 1906 Summer Olympics. He was born in Southampton and died in Aldershot.[1]

The British were the leading force in the long-distance running in early 1900s. Although the most celebrated long distance runner Alfred Shrubb had turned to professional just before the 1906 "intercalated" Olympics of, the Britons sent a very good team to Athens.

Henry Hawtrey took the lead after 2 miles (3.2 km) and won easily, beating second-placed runner John Svanberg from Sweden by 50 yards (46 m). The Britons used good teamwork to aid Hawtrey to win, as third-placed Irishman John Daly was disqualified because he blocked the Swedish runner's way several times.

Hawtrey served with the Royal Engineers in the First World War. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 1918 New Year Honours.[2]


  1. ^ "Henry Hawtrey". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2015-01-22. 
  2. ^ "No. 30450". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1918. p. 5. 

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